Model 3 Buzz Boosts Tesla Stock, Verizon Reportedly Eyes Disney

Elon Musk's tweets about the Model 3 have sparked Tesla stock

Patrick Martin
Jul 3, 2017 at 9:48 AM
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U.S. stocks are slightly higher this morning, as markets prep for a new quarter. Among specific stocks on the move today are electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), blue-chip media stock Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS), and casino name Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). Here's a quick look at what's moving shares of TSLA, DIS, and WYNN.

Model 3 Tweet Has Tesla Stock Zooming

Tesla stock is up 1.6% at $367.67, after CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that the Model 3 had passed all regulatory requirements for production. The vehicle is set to start deliveries on July 28. It's been an excellent year for Tesla stock thus far, which has added more than 70% year-to-date, and recently touched an all-time high of $386.99 on June 23.

Better yet, there still seems to be room for Tesla to run, should analysts issue overdue upgrades. Of the 16 brokerages covering TSLA stock, only five rate it a "buy" or better.

Rumored Verizon Interest Has Disney Stock Higher

Ahead of next week's Sun valley Conference of business moguls, Disney stock is up 1.8% at $108.14, after the New York Post said Verizon Communications may be interested in purchasing the media name. Disney stock has had a turbulent year; after rocketing to an annual high of $116.10 on April 27, the shares pulled back to test the $103-$104 area -- a 50% Fibonacci retracement of DIS stock's rally from late 2016 to its 2017 peak, and the security's year-to-date breakeven range.

Analysts seem undeterred for now, however. Eleven of the 17 brokerages covering DIS stock rate it a "buy" or better, nine of which label it a "strong buy."

Wynn Stock Dips After Macau Data

Wynn Resorts stock is down 1.7% at $131.79, after June's Macau gaming data missed analysts' estimates. However, it was the eleventh consecutive month of higher casino revenue in the region. Nevertheless, it's been solid year for WYNN stock, which is up more than 50% year-to-date, and just reached a new two-year high of $139.67 on June 26.

Short-term options traders are much more put-heavy than usual on WYNN stock, though. The security's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.30 is higher than 94% of all others from the past year. Notable put open interest at the July 130 strike could translate into short-term support for Wynn Resorts shares.


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